Mindy Cohn

Mindy Cohn


5/20/1966, Los Angeles

Birth Name

Melinda Cohn


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Mindy Cohn practically grew up on Facts of Life, the hit TV show she co-starred in, along with Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, Kim Fields, and Charlotte Rae. She played the part of a happy-go-lucky wisecracker named Natalie Green for 9 seasons (1979 - 88).

Mindy rather lucked



Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2003, Mindy was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program playing Velma Dinkley on What's New, Scooby Doo?.

    • Mindy starred as Geneva in the award-winning movie, The Boy Who Could Fly.

    • Mindy Cohn has served on the Board of Directors for weSPARK, a cancer survivor organization.

    • While playing Natalie on The Facts of Life in the early years, Mindy often was called in by producers for laughing at all of her own joke lines. Mindy says that perhaps her chubby cheeks gave her the appearance of laughing, but eventually the quirky trait became a part of Natalie's character.

    • When Mindy was first offered the role of Natalie on The Facts of Life, she admitted she had no experience in acting, but Kim Fields immediately took Mindy under her wing and taught her all the techniques she needed to know.

    • Mindy portrayed the character of Natalie Green on the hit show The Facts of Life for nine seasons.

    • Mindy appeared in a charity edition of the television game show Weakest Link.

    • Mindy Cohn is Jewish.

    • In 2003, Mindy was booked as one of the celebrities to appear on the reality show Surreal Life, but dropped out of the lineup before shooting began.

    • Mindy's real name is Melinda.

    • In 1993, Mindy received a Dramalogue award for her performance in Catholic School Girls.

    • Mindy has provided the voice of Velma since 2002 in the Scooby Doo movies.

    • Mindy used to co-host, with Alan Thicke, a weekly radio call-in show where teens could call in and discuss their problems at a station in Phoenix, Arizona.

    • The character of Natalie was created for Mindy after the show's producers noticed her entertaining a group of friends at Harvard-Westlake School where they'd gone to research and observe.

    • In 1995, Mindy graduated from Loyola Marymount with a degree in sociology.

    • Cohn was ranked #43 on VH1's list of "100 Greatest Child Stars".

  • Quotes

    • (Reflecting on a girl who changed her mind about suicide after watching an episode of The Facts Of Life)
      Mindy Cohn: I realized what an impact we were making and it really was an amazing experience. There's a few years there that the fact that my weight and my acne got seen by millions of people does not thrill me.

    • Mindy Cohn: I have a mother who trained her daughters to make their own bed and clean their own house. I enjoy keeping house; it's never been a task for me, so I've never had help.

    • Mindy Cohn: (regarding her philosophy on acting and life) It's not what I am; it's what I do.